Use your authentic voice
and share from your heart.
Be real. Be you. Tell your story.
My discourse the last two days has not been penned in order to mitigate myself, to explain myself, nor to address any of my personal needs. I just hate to see so many people, especially young girls and women, believing they have to create “versions” of themselves to be worthy and/or to survive when all they need do is discover and/or reconnect with what’s real and true about themselves. One should never have to tell lies to validate him or herself. We were already born “enough!” For after all we are the apple of God’s eye and created in His image! Nothing in this life is perfect, and so we must learn to work with the imperfections in and around us. That does NOT mean, however, that we have to become differently imperfect to do that. We are already equipped with what we need to accomplish our purpose in this life. In fact it was in-utero-hard-wired into our beings.
A version by definition is: something differing in certain respects. Although time causes our physical bodies to differ and maturing can and should bring a differing and greater wisdom, we do NOT have to alter our core, our soul. Once I learned this not only did I successfully raise a child to be true to herself, but as a teacher I encouraged needy adolescent children every day. And when dealing with them, I learned quickly that being true to my real self made me more trustworthy, more approachable, and more able to shore up in truth the wobbly legs of those who were struggling to “fit in.” Yes, it requires diligent vulnerability, transparency, honesty, and integrity, but that’s what I came into the world designed to be able to muster, and so did YOU!!!
To be continued…
The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them. ~Excerpt from Jeremiah 51:17 ✝
One day at a time–this is enough.
Do not look back and grieve
over the past for it is gone;
and do not be troubled about
the future, for it has not yet come.
Live in the present, and make it so
beautiful that it’ll be worth remembering.
~Ida Scott Taylor
The Real Work
It may be that when we no longer know
what to do we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way
to go we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. ~Excerpt from Deuteronomy 2:7 ✝
Living with chronic pain is not a choice. No one in their right mind would choose to live with pain day after day as well as have to give up things they love to do because of it. And just because others can’t see it or feel it, doesn’t make it any less real or painful for its victims. Pain changes people; nevertheless these people get up everyday and push themselves to do their best, and all they ask for and need is understanding and compassion and not to be treated as if the pain in not real. The only lie they tell is when someone asks how they are and they say, “I’m fine.” Chronic pain sufferers are not striving to get sympathy and/or attention; they are just trying to get by the best way they can. Everyone fights some kind of battle in this life, but because chronic pain is not visible, chronic sufferers can only pretend to be happy and well which is an example of how truly strong they are and how extremely good God is to give them the strength and fortitude they need to carry on.
“Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.” ~Job 16:6 ✝
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. ~2 Samuel 22:33 ✝
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. ~1 Chronicles 16:11 ✝
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts Him, and He helps me. ~Excerpt from Psalm 28:7 ✝